Have you ever been in a place of turmoil? A place in life where you had more questions than answers? A place where you needed to know God sees you and cares for your every need?
That’s where I was on this sweltering hot day in Texas. Grateful that the previous night’s storm had passed, yet feeling weighed down by the oppressive heat and the questions in my soul. I had a job to do, yet I wondered if I was on the right track and if it would make an impact.
I’d spent the last couple days sequestered to write, but I was growing weary.
Would I get done on time?
Would I effectively convey my message?
Would I hear His words, not mine?
Would anyone be interested in what I had to say?
Would publishers be interested in the topic?
So many questions, so few answers.
I left to go for a walk, needing a change in scenery. And God met me, as He so faithfully does.
I meandered off the busy road and down a side path to come face to face with one pond after another. None of them large bodies of water, but water nonetheless. And each beautiful in their own regard.
Each one stilled my soul just a little bit more.
Ironic that I was writing about peace and contentment and the Lord lead me to the place I am most at peace: by the water.
It reminded me of the old hymn, “When peace like a river attendeth my way…” And it did. Peace washed over me, leaving me to face the task at hand for the day.
As I stood by the water’s edge, I let the peace from my serene encounter with God still my heart and mind.
The familiar Scripture from Psalm 23:1-3 came to mind in a new and fresh way, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.”
It only took a few quiet moments for Him to restore my soul as I reflected on how much He must love me to know my every need and care enough to meet them to the point that He would lead me beside still waters and refresh me with His peace.
As I turned back, sun beating down on my gradually bronzing shoulders, the heat of the summer day made my brow sweat. Then suddenly, like a breath of the spirit, a soft breeze engulfed me. It was as if God was saying, “I’m here. I see you. I know what you need. Trust me.”
Okay, Lord. Thank you for that gentle reminder.
Friend, I don’t know what you are going through today, what doubts you have, what questions you are seeking answers for. But I know God is with you and cares about your every need. And He alone is able to meet you and your every need right where you are. He’s there when you need peace restored. Will you trust Him?
As you put your trust in Him, He will restore your peace.
Because of Him, #PeacePrevails!
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Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey through Depression
Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Speaking from personal and professional experience, a neuropsychologist unpacks what depression is, shows how it affects us spiritually, and offers hope for living the abundant life.
Neuropsychologist Offers Hope to Those Struggling with Depression
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- As with the bestselling My Stroke of Insight, the author experienced the same condition she treats
- Helpful features include personal stories, biblical truths, prayers, and music recommendations
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